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5 Tips to Green Your Home For Earth Day

During the course of your day, there are little things you can do to help the environment, and surprisingly, also save you money.

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Do a Chemical Audit

Rid your home of all toxic products including insecticides, oven cleaners and wood polish. Do not throw these out with the regular garbage or pour them down the drain. The chemicals in these products damage the environment when released into landfills or waste streams. Contact your local recycling centre or city waste management program to learn how to properly dispose of these products.

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Clean Green

Replace your household cleaning products with eco-friendly, biodegradable, non-toxic ones. You may even want to consider creating your own green cleaning kit that could include items such as baking soda, white distilled vinegar, and tea tree oil.

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Be Cool in Cool Weather, Warm in Warm Weather

During winter, set your home temperature at 18-19 degrees Celsius. That’s a little cool, but comfortable if you wear two layers of shirts around the house and have an extra blanket on the bed at night. But in summer, set your temperature at 24 degrees Celsius. That’s considered the maximum temperature that is still considered comfortable (in fact, it’s perfectly pleasant if you have a breeze coming through a window). Both of these settings will greatly reduce your annual energy bill.

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Save on Water Throughout the Day

Turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth or lathering up your hands with soap. Give everyone in your family a clothespin with their name on it to clip on their water glass in the morning (that makes it easy to keep track of which glass is whose, so you don’t have to keep washing endless glasses). Only flush a toilet when there are solid wastes. Also, wash clothes in cold water. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothing goes to heating the water.

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Power Down Your Computer

If you won’t be using your computer for 20 minutes, turn off the monitor. If it won’t be needed for more than two hours, turn off the computer. Do the same for all your electronics – printers, cable boxes, stereos, even the clock on your microwave. Over time, all those switched-on-but-not-in-use electronics use a lot of energy.